TIFF Trailer: Jonathan Pryce, Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal in Hysteria

Hollywood continues its vacation, but here are your day’s news, nuggets and notables such as they are:

(above) TIFF Trailer: Jonathan Pryce, Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal in Hysteria
Behold: The Victorian vibrator comedy. (YouTube)

Steve McQueen to direct Chiwetel Ejiofor in true story 12 Years a Slave
McQueen has made quite a name for himself with Shame and Hunger. Ejiofor is one of those guys who needs to be in more movies. This is the story of Solomon Northrop who was abducted from the streets of Washington in 18941 and forced work as a slave on a cotton plantation in Louisiana for 12 years. (Variety – firewall)

Rosemarie DeWitt joins Ben Stiller’s comedy Neighborhood Watch
She was all the rage after Rachel’s Getting Married, but besides the little seen The Company Men, her biggest impact has been on Cable TV in Mad Men and The United States of Tara. Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn play two members of a suburban neighborhood watch group who uncover a plot that threatens the world. (THR)

(above) TIFF Trailer: Clive Owen in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Intruders
Here’s how TIFF describes it: “Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s latest film transcends the confines of the horror genre through an emotional engagement with childhood fears, human frailty and the threat of the unknown. Clive Owen stars as John Farrow, a father who cannot protect his young daughter from faceless intruders, in this intense psychological drama.” Fresnadillo is best known for Intacto (2001) and 28 Weeks Later (2007). (YouTube)

Bio in the works about Brit bare-knuckler Lenny “The Guv’nor” McLean
For all you fans of dudes smashing each other in the face out there. It’ll be base on Peter Gerrard’s book, The Guv’nor Tapes, featuring a series of interviews with the notorious boxer. (Variety – firewall)

Anna Paquin, Ryan Phillippe and Luke Wilson get Straight A’s
It’s an indie comedy is about… well, I’m just going to have to cut and paste how Variety describes it: “Phillippe portrays a man who’s been in and out of rehab for 10 years and is haunted by the ghost of his dead mother pressing him to return home to the family he turned his back on years ago. Outfitted with nothing more than a bag of pills and a sack of weed, he trots back to Shreveport, only to be faced with his brother’s wife, who’s still pining for him, her first love.” Ok then. James Cox directs a script by Dave Cole. (Variety – firewall) Turns out Luke Wilson is also being added to the cast (Variety – firewall)

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